My Background

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I have an eclectic background. I love the arts, working with people, exploring ideas and creating things. I have worked with elderly, children and adults with special needs, preschool, primary-aged children and teenagers in a variety of capacities including writer, photographer, performer, director, caregiver, nanny, art teacher, dance teacher and TESOL tutor.


I am passionate about photography. To me, photography is

an organic and spontaneous form of visual storytelling.

It feeds my lifelong obsession with light and its transformative effects.  Favourite photographers include Vivian Maier, Maggie Taylor, Richard Avedon, Diane Arbus, Steve McCurry and Man Ray.



I write for Life Stories, a company which specialises in writing privately commissioned biographies and family histories. 


To Cut A Long Story Short: The Life of Ian Devereux Life Stories, 2017 

Good Clean Fun Life Stories, 2018

A Skylark Sings Life Stories, 2019


Children's books:

Star Fairy’s Top Secret Guide to Fairyland

Pan MacMillan, Australia, 2007



As co-founder and Creative Director of children’s theatre company StarFish Magic, I was able to combine my love of children and their imaginative worlds with writing, performing and creating shows. I also enjoyed making all the costumes and props.  For 14 years, StarFish Magic performed an average of 200 shows per year at preschools, schools, festivals and public and private venues throughout New Zealand and Australia. Prior to Starfish Magic, I was a member of

The Aunties for three years, performing and writing shows, making costumes and marketing.

Click here to see photos and reviews from Starfish Magic 


Click here to view my art





Master of Creative Writing (AUT) 2015

Graduate Diploma of Arts in English (Auckland University) 2013
Trinity Certificate in TESOL
(Trinity College, London) 2011
Diploma of Design in Visual Arts (Unitec) 2010-2012
Bachelor of Arts in History (Otago University) 1989-1991
Diploma of Clothes Design (Wellington Polytechnic) 1987-1988

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